College basketball season has come to a close, the leaves on the trees are starting to appear, and that means football recruiting season is in full swing.
Here is a breakdown of the top 10 state of Michigan prospects in the 2020 class, and a look at where they might play college football.
Justin Rogers, Oak Park
Position: Offensive guard
247Sports Composite Ranking: 5-star prospect, No. 23 overall, No. 1 OG
Buzz: Rogers is the top 2020 prospect in the state of Michigan, and while Jim Harbaugh would love to keep the No. 1-ranked offensive guard prospect in-state, that doesn’t seem likely. The Oak Park standout visited Tennessee this past weekend for the Volunteers’ spring game, and the consensus is this could be the icing on the cake for Rogers and the Vols. The idea of the Tennessee staff allowing Rogers to play on either side of the ball is appealing.
Enzo Jennings, Oak Park
Position: Defensive back/athlete
247Sports Composite Ranking: 4-star prospect, No. 84 overall, No. 7 Athlete
Prediction: Notre Dame
Buzz: Many consider Penn State to be the leader right now for Jennings, but a lot could change between now and when the 4-star athlete makes his college announcement. Several schools are beginning to prioritize Jennings after his strong performance at the The Opening Regional in Ohio earlier this month. Look out for Notre Dame to make a strong push and ultimately land this speedy defensive back.
Rashawn Williams, Detroit King
Position: Wide receiver
247Sports Composite Ranking: 4-star prospect, No. 166 overall, No. 33 wide receiver
Buzz: My guess is that when he makes his initial verbal commitment, it’s going to come down to Indiana and Purdue, and ultimately, he ends up with Hoosiers. Williams has gone on record and said that he loves the family feel at Indiana, and that his mom loves it there as well. Also, keep in mind that former U-M standout Mike Hart is an assistant there, and he has formed a strong relationship with Williams and his family.
Braiden McGregor, Port Huron Northern
Position: Defensive end
247Sports Composite Ranking: 4-star prospect, No. 199 overall, No. 11 strong-side defensive end
Buzz: If McGregor ends up anywhere other than U-M or Notre Dame, I will be absolutely shocked. The Wolverines appear to be the team to beat, despite a recent visit to South Bend that McGregor raved about and admitted to nearly “committing on the spot.” This will come down to the wire between the Wolverines and the Irish.
Makari Paige, West Bloomfield
247Sports Composite Ranking: 4-star prospect, No. 223 overall, No. 17 safety
Prediction: Ohio State
Buzz: This looks like a good ‘ol classic Michigan vs. Ohio State recruiting battle. Paige is familiar with both schools, and both have made him feel like a top priority. He was recently at OSU and had nothing but positive things to say about his experience and the coaching staff. While I don’t think Paige is in any rush to make his decision, he has gone on record and said he’d like to graduate early, which means he will have to make a choice before December.
Andre Seldon, Belleville
247Sports Composite Ranking: 4-star prospect, No. 260 overall, No. 19 cornerback
Buzz: Seldon verbally committed to the Wolverines back in June 2018 and there is no reason for anyone to believe that he will not honor that commitment.
Maliq Carr, Oak Park
Position: Tight end/wide receiver
247Sports Composite Ranking: 4-star prospect, No. 327 overall, No. 8 tight end
Buzz: Carr visited Texas A&M over the weekend, but I expect Carr to go to U-M. His size and versatility makes him a Plan-A recruit for Harbaugh, which leaves me no doubt Carr ends up in maize and blue.
Peny Boone, Detroit King
Position: Running back
247Sports Composite Ranking: 4-star prospect, No. 353 overall, No. 23 running back
Buzz: Many had pegged Tennessee as the early leader here in Boone’s recruitment, but distance appears to be a factor when it comes to where this talented 4-star running back will end up. Because of that, and the recruitment push from friend and current Michigan 2020 commit Cornell Wheeler, my guess is that Bone stays in-state and signs with U-M.
Cameron Martinez, Muskegon
247Sports Composite Ranking: 3-star prospect, No. 392 overall, No. 9 Athlete
Buzz: While Martinez has made a name for himself playing quarterback at Muskegon, it’s very likely he will move to either receiver or cornerback in college. He has garnered the attention of several U-M coaches, who envision the 5-11, 175-pound speedster as a playmaker who could play multiple positions. My guess is Martinez takes a good look at several other schools, including Ohio State and Michigan State, but ultimately ends up a Wolverine.
Grant Toutant, De La Salle
Position: Offensive Tackle
247Sports Composite Ranking: 3-star, No. 393 overall, No. 35 offensive tackle
Prediction: Penn State
Buzz: Toutant, who stands at 6-6, 315 pounds, committed to the Nittany Lions back in November and will likely keep his commitment and sign with Penn State.